It’s everybody’s favorite time of year again: the kids are out of school, the days seem longer, and the weather keeps getting hotter. After what seems like an eternity, you can finally cash out on those vacation days you spent so long saving up so that you could finally have the summer family vacation you’ve been dying to have. But with the fortunate amount of crazy, fun summer vacation ideas for families, what do you possibly choose? You could do the classic trip to an amusement park but why not be a little more adventurous. Try water-skiing this summer is an adventure that could be worth your while. At first glance it seems like a daunting challenge but with the right tips and a little bit of practice, you and your family will be doing tricks and flips out on the water in no time.
Practice on Land
As excited as your child may be to get onto the water. The best approach for a beginner water-skier, especially children, is to practice the movements on dry land first. Give the child all the necessary equipment: a pair of skis, the handle and build the same illusion of water skiing by just dragging him along. This way he’ll get a less bumpy feel of the movements that he will experience when being pulled by a much faster boat.
When water-skiing, you and your children will be faced with the feeling as if you’re about to fall backwards. This is completely normal as the position you are in when on the water, gives off that feeling. That is why it is very important to remind your children to keep their weight on their toes. This counteracts that falling backwards feeling and causes for a more balanced and stable experience. Here is some help teaching your kids to water ski.
Slow and Steady
Presented with the opportunity to finally really get on the water, some children will be ecstatic but most will be scared. Ease your child into the experience. When he or she first gets into the water, have an adult get in there with him so that they may feel less frightened and comfortable. Start slowly and work your way up to a faster as you notice your child getting more and more comfortable on the skis. Take videos and pictures of your child, as seeing you just ask excited about the experience will surely build confidence, and they will love to see themselves water-skiing later.
Parasailing is one of the most interesting recreational activities for you if you love adventure. However, as much as the activity is very interesting, you need to prepare adequately both physically and psychologically for maximum enjoyment. I am very sure that if you have never taken part in this awesome recreation activity before you have many questions like; is it safe? Is it scary? Is it suitable for my weight and age? Well, here are the answers to your question, what you should know before parasailing this summer.
1. How Safe are You as a Parasailer?
Well, I don’t want to begin this interesting conversation with a lie. Parasailing can be either safe or risky depending on two factors which include; the condition of the equipment that you use and the expertise of the parasail operator. Therefore, you should ensure that the parasail operator is adequately skilled and the your equipment meets the acceptable standards before you commit yourself to the activity.
2. How Scary is Parasailing?
You might be thinking that parasailing is one of those extreme recreational activities that almost take your breath away when starting. Surprisingly, parasailing is very peaceful and serene. In fact, when being supervised by a sufficiently skilled master, the take-offs and landings are so slow and controlled that you feel as if you are floating on air.
3. What is the Age Limit for Parasailing?
The minimum age limit for parasailing is 6 years. However, if you are below the age of 18, you will be required to come with your parent who will sign a liability waiver on your behalf. This age limit might also change depending on the legally agreed minimum age of consent in your location.
4. What is the Weight Limit for Parasailing?
The minimum combined weight limit for parasailing is normally 160 lbs while the maximum is 450 lbs. This means that you have to adhere to these limits whether parasailing alone or with a group of friends. However, these limits might be subject to change depending on the conditions of wind. The parasailing captain will inform you in case of any changes during your parasailing day.
5. What is the Height Limit for Parasailing?
Well, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, the maximum height that your parasail can fly is 500 feet vertically from the earth surface. However, the minimum height will be subject to discussion between you and your captain. You might find it enjoyable to even fly low to a point of doing a “touch-‘n go!” whereby you touch the surface of the water with your feet then fly up.